WellShare is recognized among health systems (domestically and in East Africa) as an expert in the recruitment and training of community health workers (CHWs). In our 41 year history, we have trained over 6,000 CHWs – an evidence-based approach for reducing health disparities – and our health education materials are used by health providers around the world.
In Minnesota, our CHWs are recruited from, and work primarily with, immigrant and refugee populations on the health needs of their communities, in addition to connecting these populations to the U.S. health care system. Becoming a CHW also empowers women (most CHWs are women) for a productive role in the U.S. economy, and is often a steppingstone to more education and training for other careers. During the pandemic, our CHWs have been trusted sources of health information for their communities, and WellShare is one of 30 organizations Gov. Walz recognized as part of Minnesota’s vaccine strategy to bolster the equitable distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.
In East Africa, health care providers are nearly nonexistent in rural areas. The CHWs we train and supervise provide culturally appropriate basic health services that reduce mortality; prevent childhood diseases; promote safe, wanted pregnancies; and connect isolated individuals to clinic services as needed.
WellShare envisions a world where your zip code, your skin color, and your birthplace do not determine your access to quality healthcare, and where all people can achieve optimal health and wellness. Our priorities are to develop and execute programs with significant health impact for people in diverse communities. We also aim to strengthen strategic partnerships within the communities we serve as well as with the public sector and other allied organizations. Lastly, it is our goal to maintain operational excellence and ensure that our resources are used to achieve the greatest possible impact. We approach this through effective communication both internally and externally, continuous evaluation of our programs, and governance that is mission-oriented and emphasizes diverse representation.
Annual budget:$1.55 million – Foundations, Individual Contributions, Government Grants or Contracts
WellShare International is seeking board members who are passionate about our work and who may have skills or background in the following areas:
- Financial Management
- Lived experience from a community we serve (e.g., Somali, Karen, Latinx, Hmong)
- Lived experience immigrating to the U.S.
- Number of members currently: 13
- Meeting time and frequency: 5 meetings annually
- Meeting location: Minneapolis (virtual/Zoom until it is safe to meet in person)
- Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
- Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
- Service on Committee Required: Yes
- Length of Term: 3 Years
- Renewable: Yes
- Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes
Questions about this board opportunity?
Interested candidates should submit a resume/CV and a letter of interest to Michelle Heerey, WellShare’s Executive Director, using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.